Thursday 14 December 2017

There is no need for a same-sex marriage referendum - we could just pass a law

"The Referendum is therefore solely concerned with whether the commitment of gay people is worthy of the same recognition as that of heterosexuals"

Hugh O'Flaherty

I last wrote on the topic of same-sex marriage at the time the Constitutional convention was reporting. Since then, matters have crystallised. There is all-party support for a referendum to be held on May 22.

This proposes inserting a new section in the Constitution that "marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex".

This is succinct and to the point, in contrast to the unfortunate Seanad referendum which sought to abolish the Seanad but would have shredded the Constitution in the process, due to the number of sections in which the Seanad is referred to in the Constitution.

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